State of Womxn of Color: Advancing Community, Culture & Careers in Austin

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The Riveter Austin

1145 West 5th Street

Austin, TX 78703

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Allies and champions are invited to come together to support womxn of color professionals through community, culture and career development.

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“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The future of work is one with womxn of color at the center.

Join The Riveter and Future for Us for The State of Womxn of Color Roadshow, an evening to tell audacious stories of womxn of color at work, accompanied by an overview of the data, insights and solutions. This collaboration provides a platform for rising and established womxn of color professionals to share their experiences and next step strategies as they build powerful communities to create a future for where womxn of color lead at the highest levels across all sectors.

The State of Womxn of Color - Austin tour stop features Future for Us’ State of Womxn of Color data presentation and a panel phenomenal womxn of color leaders. Toya Circa Bell, Pooja Sethi and others will share personal experiences, discuss how womxn of color can navigate the world of work, and leave us with insights on negotiation, building community, and true allyship. The metro Austin area is adding upwards of 50,000 people each year to work in the growing tech scene, and disrupting the culture and community in central Texas. This moment of flux is the perfect opportunity to build community for womxn of color, one of the largest segments of newcomers to the region.

Allies and champions are invited to come together to support womxn of color professionals through community, culture and career development - to create equity of access and opportunities for advancement. Together we can take actions to advance womxn of color and explore what it takes to build intentional communities for and with womxn of color, examine how allies can strengthen their cultural competency muscle, and explore what true workplace collaboration can make possible!

Program

6:00 - 6:30pm Registration and Networking

6:30 - 7:00pm The State of Womxn of Color Presentation with Future for Us Founders

7:00 - 8:00pm Panel + Q&A

8:00 - 8:30 pm Night Cap Networking

Why womxn and not womxn?

The spelling of womxn is meant to show inclusion of trans, nonbinary, womxn of color, womxn with disabilities and all other marginalized genders. Both The Riveter and Future for Us use this spelling to indicate that our spaces and platform are open to anyone who identifies as such. We respect people of all genders, identities, and the use of pronouns that best identify an individual.

Speakers:

About Toya Cirica Bell:

As Deputy Chief Ethics Officer, Toya has collaborated to establish the first ethics office for the largest state agency in Texas. The office provides guidance and resources to over 60,000 employees across the state though a constellation of programs and initiatives designed to elevate ethics throughout the Texas Health and Human Services System. Toya’s career of over 25 years has provided substantial experience in advising business and public sector clients on virtually all aspects of the employment relationship, ethics management and a variety of legal issues.

Toya was recognized by Austin Under 40 as Mentor of the Year (2018). This award was given by the Austin Young Women’s Alliance and the Young Men’s Business League.

About Pooja Sethi:

Pooja is an Austin Community Leader, Attorney, small business owner with all women employees, and nonprofit founder representing immigrant women and children who are victims of assault.

She is very engaged in the community as an Austin City Council Commissioner, on the Office of Police Oversight Task Force, on the Austin Community College Regional Task Force, and on numerous nonprofit Boards representing the diverse Austin Community.

Pooja is a Nominee and Austin Community selected Austin Mosaic Awards "Woman on the Rise", Awardee of The Capital Area Democratic Women Leadership Champion, an American Heart Association Selected Leader With Heart, awarded the Frank Morris Racial Justice Civil Rights Award from Syracuse College of Law, a Leadership Austin 2019 Alumnus, New Leaders Council Alumnus 2019, and The New Philanthropists Mentor.

Pooja frequently speaks on television and on panels in the Austin area fighting for the rights of others and a more inclusive Austin. She is a women’s rights activist, fights for the safety of everyone in Austin, and for equality in the workplace.

About Janice Omadeke:

Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise platform helping companies keep and develop their diverse talent using the proven power of mentorship. Her company won Capital Factory's $100K Women in Tech Challenge, is a MassChallenge Texas Gold winner, and has been featured in respected publications including The Washington Business Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine. Black Enterprise magazine recognizes Janice as one of DC’s top 5 black women in tech, and she was a subject matter expert at the 2016 White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow.

About Audrey Ponzio

Audrey Ponzio is the CEO & Founder of APC Collective, where she and team develop communications, marketing, and social programs to help clients, large and small, grow their reach, relevance, and impact. Specializing in integrated communications, community engagement, and diversity & inclusion impact strategies, Audrey has developed best-in-class programs for leading brands including Sprint, GE, Starbucks, Kraft Foods, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Time Warner Cable, The American Heart Association, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Delta, and PepsiCo, among others.

Prior to launching APC Collective, Audrey led Edelman’s Multicultural practice in New York City as Senior Vice President creating award winning multicultural campaigns and D&I programs for organizations across public affairs, corporate, health, consumer, food & beverage, entertainment, and travel sectors. Audrey’s career began with Fleishman Hillard where she focused on public affairs, tech, and consumer engagement. At FH, she was recruited to manage her client’s marketing efforts and corporate positioning prior to their acquisition. Audrey later helped LatinWorks, now Third Ear, develop their PR offering including strategic partnerships, cause marketing, event activation and media relations.

About Future for Us:

Future for Us is a platform dedicated to advancing womxn of color at work through community, culture and career development. We envision a future of work where womxn of color lead at the highest levels of corporate, government, and social sector organizations. We do this through a mix of monthly events, large-scale conferences for both womxn of color professionals and allies, and research. Join the movement and a community dedicated to womxn of color on Slack! Visit futureforus.co for more information.

More speakers to be announced soon!

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Tickets for this event are on a sliding scale. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. Contact equity@theriveter.co for more information.

Host level tickets (25 max) will include individual and/or company name and/or logo in the event program.

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The Riveter Austin

1145 West 5th Street

Austin, TX 78703

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